Annual Conference

2022 Merseyside Weekend

17th – 19th June 2022

Following the cancellation of the traditional conference, which was to have been held at Hope University the Association was very grateful to the Merseyside Industrial Heritage Society led by Anna Alexander and Malcolm Verity in providing two morning “virtual” events, comprising very interesting talks. With the easing of restrictions, the Association in conjunction MIHS are planning a weekend of visits and for a formal dinner on the Saturday Night.

Since all members will have received the very extensive guide prepared by members of MIHS all places it is intended to visit will be referenced to by reference to the entries in that guide.

The programme, which is subject to finalisation, will comprise :

Day 1.  A day touring the dock area of Liverpool, hopefully visiting “The Old Dock” (p30 L1.14), The Royal Albert Dock and associated buildings (pp27-30 L1.10-13) and many other historic docks and warehouses including the sugar silo (p44 L2.4h)

Day 2.  A day on transport commencing with a drive through the Mersey tunnel to the Wirral Transport Museum for a tram ride to the Woodside ferry terminal (p109 W1.18), moving on to the Hooton Park Trust with its Belfast Trusses and historic aircraft and returning via Speke Aerodrome

Day 3.  A day to St Helens, hopefully visiting Edge Hill on the way.

It is also intended to have an evening tour on foot of the commercial area, finishing at a suitable pub. It may also be that members will be invited to a MIHS’s meeting on Thursday evening.

Delegates must be aware that under the current conditions there are likely to be changes to the programme. Numbers will be limited to 48 on the visits so for this reason, early booking is strongly advised.

Members are being offered the package as a whole, comprising the three full days of tours and the formal dinner on Saturday night. It is for each delegate to arrange his/her accommodation, evening meals, other than on Saturday and refreshments on the tours.

The Marriott Hotel, where the Saturday dinner will be held is very close to Liverpool Lime Street station. For those who chose to stay there, the Association has reserved a limited number of bedrooms at a preferential date. Details of how to book rooms at the Marriott will be supplied when you make your booking.

Read the Conference Secretary’s Letter for more information ( .pdf, includes terms & conditions )

Please make your booking here: Online booking form

Download a booking form to print and send by post.

Payment may be made by electronic transfer or cheque.

If you have any problems with booking please contact the Conference Administrator:


The 2023 Conference, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the Association, will be held in early Autumn (date and location to be confirmed).

Details will be announced in due course.


In 2021 the Annual Conference was a virtual event accessible via Zoom over a number of weekends in August and September in place of the physical conference which was originally scheduled to have been on Merseyside in 2020.

The sessions on the 7th August, 4th, 18th and 25th September were recorded and are now available via our YouTube channel

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The session on 11th September was not recorded at the speakers’ request but Anthony Clarke has supplied this summary of his presentation about the Archaeology of Albert Dock The Albert Dock AIA MIHS A Clarke


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The Tour Notes and Gazetteers for earlier Conferences are available through the Past Conferences page.